I'm not so sure about a regrowth of a welfare
state after the creation of a minimal state. <br><br>I
do not agree that '..many voters in the
middle..typically want a welfare state of some size' what they want
is a welfare system, and if they have a privately
operated one, they won't bother to make efforts to turn it
into a public one. <br><br>Even if they do want a
public welfare system, the constitution of a minimalist
state has to stipulate that while any group may come
together to form a little socialist nirvana, they cannot
compel others to pay taxes to support their beliefs.
<br><br>The only thing a miminal state needs an accepted code
of law; once that is provided the constitution can
expressly prohibit any other 'government'